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Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  7,350 ratings  ·  521 reviews
If you want to be muscular, lean, and strong as quickly as possible without steroids, good genetics, or wasting ridiculous amounts of time in the gym and money on supplements...then you want to read this book.

Here's the deal:

Getting into awesome shape isn't nearly as complicated as the fitness industry wants you to believe.

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars per mo
Paperback, Second Edition, 356 pages
Published January 14th 2015 by Oculus Publishers (first published January 9th 2011)
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Michael Matthews
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I think it's great! :)

Jodi Mullen
Good, concise read. The dieting information is particularly useful, though could do with bring more detail. The strength training material is broadly correct but is very clearly derived directly from the likes of Mark Rippetoe and Dan John - often word for word in the case of Rippetoe - and omits valuable detail.

The workout plans aren't well suited to novices - while the big compound lists are present, so are a lot of isolation exercises that have no place in a beginner programme. While good for
Juanfra Valero
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How many books can change your life?. Well, I don't know, but I DO know one that can. Bigger, Leaner, Stronger is that book. And it will, if you follow it, for the better.

Let me tell you how I knew about this book. Some time ago I was looking to get back exercising, so I bought some equipment for a gym at home, tired of spending time and money in gyms, and I needed something for my work outs. So I headed for amazon, and looked for bodybuilding books. This one had (and has) very good reviews, so
أمل يعقوب Amal Yaqoob
As a fitness personal trainer, I am familiar with mostly the whole information the author is talking about. However, this is an excellent guide book for two types of people; folks who have been spending long time in gym with no changes in their body, and second this should be enough for any beginner who has no idea how to start, and what to do.
This is definitely the book I would hand to a beginner.
However if you are already a certified fitness expert, you may find yourself familiar with the who
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend. I think it's a great book for most people who don't know too much about fitness, nutrition or supplements but for anyone who's spent time working out or knows about basic nutrition, it may not be worth a read.

My big issue with the book was mostly that it read like an ebook that I could have put together on my own. While it was quite substantive, all of the information contained is freely available online.

The book did excel in one dimension and
Per Chronberg
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scientifically based, working methods for getting a great body (in other words, no BS)

I will start with the old bullet list for those not wanting to read the full review. I do recommend that you read it all though.

--> A quick, but very good introduction to some of the terms people often have heard, but don't fully understand.

--> No BS. Just solid, simple, scientifically based/proved methods for both progressively increasing natural muscle mass/strength and losing fat.

--> Complete, simple exercis
Belal Al Droubi
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing

this book is exactly what i have been looking for <3
i apologize for the oversized review but i wanted to do the book justice and be comprehensive in my coverage, i am sure this will be very useful

when i started working out i was bench-pressing 60 lbs. a month later i am benching 80 !!
i gained 2.5-3 kgs in a month..mostly muscle (as checked by my skinfold tests)
this book is clearly effective and straight forward..i saw results even in such a short time and now all my friends and taking me for th
Srikkanth G
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With tons of 'advice' on how to build a body, get six packs, loose fats and loose weight out there in the internet, it's quite a challenge to select 'what fits for me'.

If you think this is the only book you need, you are wrong. However, this is the book that will serve as a brilliant guide to get into an excellent shape.

This book is divided into Nutrition, Type of workouts, How to do each workouts, Workout routines, Supplements and bonus features.

Bigger Leaner Stronger is a no-nonsense book w
Alejandro Mendez
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"If you have the power to change your body, you have the power to change your life" - Michael Matthews.

I liked this book more than I thought. I've been doing exercise all my life, and there was so much I didn't know. This book provides the essentials in training, dieting and supplementing that you need to change your body (and your life! ). Either if you want to cut or lean bulk, this books provides you with all the knowledge that you need and confidence to start (again) your journey to fitness
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read can’t wait to put it into practice!!
Rafal Szymanski
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I reserve 5 stars for something that was "amazing" and for what the purpose of this book is, I believe it qualifies. I have read about fitness and nutrition before, but usually the information was scattered, incomplete, lacked references or lacked proper actionable goals. I will also quantify it as 'amazing' as it has had an effect on me and I've been actively now for one week doing the recommended five day a week program and following as many of the guidelines as possible.

'Bigger Leaner Stronge
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike did a great job of explaining basic principles of building muscle and losing fat. Many of us have the goal of achieving a great physique, but there is just too much contradictory information out there about how to actually do that. BLS is a straight-forward read, no BS or fairytales or bro-science - just plain facts. And I loved it for that!

I've decided to follow the training program laid out in the book to the last rep. On the other hand, I've decided to go with a bit different nutritional
Juan Carlos
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well I did it, I read a whole book about getting in shape, you can divide the whole content in three, nutrition, the training and supplements, there's a lot of times you will say that that is quite obvious, and other details so specific that you'll thank him for including on the book, for sure change won't start without you but this is a start, and gives you a complete guide about how to start or if you are like me a fitness junkie who sees no results it gives you and idea in how to get unstuck ...more
Levi Walls
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book!! I am recommending it to anyone and everyone who asks me about my results. Mike has created a training manual that encompasses so much from every area of fitness and the best part is that it's well researched and helps you to avoid all the mistakes that he made starting out. ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-nonfiction
I found the sections on nutrition more helpful and the sections on programming, less so.
Joe Soltzberg
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of similar books/guides in the past and this book is by far one of the best I've read on the subject (if not the best). Not only is most of the content correct (at least to my knowledge/experience), but it backs everything up with research and good logic. The content is broken down in a way that is helpful for beginners and experienced lifters alike. That being said, this book does make one mistake that many books on the subject make. It's way too long. To be perfectly honest, if ...more
Martin Turnbull
The first half of this book covers nutrition, especially as it relates to committed working out and weightlifting and is very much worth reading. I learned a bunch of worthwhile stuff, so I was glad I got the book for that alone. But I bailed when I got to the workout section. Not because of the program Michael Matthews promotes. Given his experience (not to mention his physique) his program of lifting very heavy weights with few reps probably has great merit. But I didn’t even get through his d ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've tried several fitness plans over the past ten years and never stuck with any. Bigger Leaner Stronger is the only one that I have found reasonable to follow and I've lost 20 lbs in the past 4 months using this book as my primary guide. I'm on my way to being in the leanest I have been since my early 20s.
I've always had a tough time putting on muscle, but I'm seeing noticeable gains (and I'm 40). I'd be doing even better if I was more disciplined about my macro nutrients.
Highly recommended!
Arturo Mijangos
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
For good books i give 3 stars, this was a good book. The information is good, doesn’t contradict other things I’ve read on the subject. I did not give it 4 stars because the format of chapter recap was very repetitive. The worst was for the Q&A. It also became very much a sales pitch towards the end.
Having said that, I will do the 12 month challenge. I will put the principles laid in the book. I believe what is presented and want to experience the effects. Wish me luck.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: health-fitness
Excellent book for anyone looking to understand health and nutrition in order to make an improvement in their life. Whether you're a professional athlete or have never gone to a gym or on a run in your life, this book will leave you a better individual by giving you the knowledge of how your body works. ...more
Hélio Steven
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although the title, along with the cover, might strike some people as silly, and while the first few chapters have an annoying quasi-conspirationistic tone (with the familiar "I'm the messeger of the truth that they don't want you to know" kind of stuff), this is actually a great book. Though there's a lot that's not exactly new to anyone who's been reading a bit about weight lifting and nutrition for some time, even those in that category are likely to learn some valuable stuff (I can say I did ...more
Raheem Naughty
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews is about the easier and simpler way to to get the nice, in shape, and toned body society wants us to have. The book breaks down all the need to know information that a person trying to get in shape would need to know. Starting from the 6 big myths and mistakes of building muscle, the four laws of muscle growth, the "no-BS guide to supplements...", and etc. The book also shows the reader the proper technique to doing the work outs that build muscles in ...more
Tanner Miles
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt that the author deserved a positive review for his work so I figured I'd write my first book review. I read this book in less than 2 days. It's very rare that I can read something without being distracted. I have been leading a healthy lifestyle for basically a year. I consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition. What I had no knowledge in was working out. This book was very informational when it came to both nutrition and specifically what I need, working out. My favo ...more
Christopher Melton
The book "Bigger,Leaner,Stronger" is an informational book that focuses on how to build your body the way that you want it to. The author of this book also gives specific details and examples of what he is talking about and how to get to where you need to be. The author covers everything that the reader would have to know in order to get a better body. That is what the book is about.

I can honestly say that this book is probably the best book that i have read so far. The reason I say this is be
Shane Mileham
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Overview for Athletes

Quick read, scientifically backed, and covered the following areas:

I highly recommend this book, but there's one thing I would've like to see:
Mike discusses training plans, but they are only for body builders and people with goals related to body image. I understand that's the point of the book, so I didn't deduct any stars. But because this book is so well-rounded in the topics above, I think it's a great read for athletes and
Thom Norman
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I came across Mark's stuff a while ago, via his podcast, so I had been working out with the method in the book for a while before I read it. It is by far the best regime I've ever tried.

I work out for less time than ever before, I'm making way bigger gains than ever before and it stays around longer if life gets in the way and I have to take a little time off.

I wanted to get the book as it puts all the info in one place and fills out a few of the gaps I had from Mike's other stuff.

I can't speak
Daron Yondem
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-learn
Overall this was a good read and thankfully a short one. It was especially interesting to see a bunch of supplements introduced and suggested at the end of the book where the book actually starts with calling the whole supplement industry a bunch of BS. I do understand the fact that not every supplement is useful and a bunch of them are really BS but the radical introduction of the book where generally every supplement is called BS is just exaggeration. For me the selling point of the book was t ...more
There's a lot of broscience in here, but most of it isn't the harmful kind. If you've read much on strength training, this won't provide any new insights for you. Same goes for weight loss. Not a bad book, but nothing special. ...more
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good overall information on training but several things mentioned are not backed by objective data. e.g. The book states that carbohydrates are an essential nutrient, but this is false. Several others things like the amount lean mass gained per month naturally are not backed up by research.
Jose Amezcua
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author focuses on 4 essential movements, deadlift, squat, bench press and military press.

To become bigger, leaner, stronger you need to have a healthily feed, push your limits, lift heavy weights, and be patient.

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